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General Practice Super Clinics — how will they meet their educational objectives?

Timothy P Usherwood
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (4): 240.
Published online: 15 February 2010

To the Editor: The Australian Medical Council recognises the importance of clinical experience in general practice for all medical students.1 In their recent article in the Journal, Vickery and colleagues identify three significant barriers to clinical teaching by Australian general practitioners: time, space and opportunity costs.2 They suggest that General Practice Super Clinics will be well placed to address the issue of space and, with additional funding, could also overcome the barriers of opportunity cost and lack of time. The latter claim may be true, but we need to invest in all teaching practices, not just in Super Clinics.

  • Timothy P Usherwood

  • University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: timu@med.usyd.edu.au

Competing interests:

I am responsible for medical student general practice placements at Sydney Medical School.

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